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  • First in a quirky, fun, new series

    Epiphany Bloom, Pip, can’t seem to hold down a job and Mummy is none too happy, having cut off all money. So when Pip gets a part time filing gig, she heads on in and is quickly mistaken for an expert in juvenile psychology who can track down the missing sone of a Hollywood actress. While Pip tried to clear up the misunderstanding, she is left with an envelope of cash and a small file of information to work from. While Pip may not be an expert, her heart is in the right place and she does her job to the best of her ability. But soon she finds herself in a sticky situation and has to wonder if she too will disappear like other young people have before her. I love British mysteries, they truly take you away for while and always seem to have quirky characters, like Pip herself. I’m looking forward to the next entry in this series as only Pip can get herself into these kinds of messes and come out smelling like a rose.

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  • Light-hearted and cozy

    This was a good read and the perfect set up for a series. Pip is the central character and I’ll be honest and say that my first impressions of her weren’t great but she definitely grew on me as the story progressed. She is so desperate for a job that when she is mistaken for a missing persons expert she doesn’t correct the error, deciding it’s a job she can do. What follows is a slightly madcap story of teach yourself private investigating. As the first book in a series the test is whether I’d like to read more and in this case it’s a definite yes. Light hearted and cozy and a welcome treat at this time of year.

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  • Hilarious cozy mystery

    🚙 Pip is short on money after her allowance was cut by mommy, and not able to hold on to jobs due to her freak accidents. One such incident showed her kindness. Basically, she is a walking disaster. ⠀ ⠀ 🚙 Her agency sent her to an investigation firm, who mistook her for an experienced psychological coach. Instead of correcting the mistake, Pip takes over their current case of missing Matty Price, teenage son of a tv celebrity Madison, who is currently in London for her film shooting. Pip couldn’t let go of the opportunity of meeting a celebrity.⠀ ⠀ 🚙 At first, didn’t warm to Pip for her duplicity. But my opinion of her changed as she started to investigate. As she is an amateur detective, she tries to channel Miss Marple, but fails spectacularly and resorts to her instincts and comes up with her own methods. Her inner thoughts during interrogations were hilarious, and made me guffaw like a wacko. ⠀ ⠀ 🚙 Connected to Pip over her love of Christie’s mysteries. Loved seeing Queen of Crime references and her detectives. I burst out laughing while reading about Fliss - quirky sister of Pip, her transposing of words, clean eating malarkey, and crazy stuff she blogs about. Pip’s speculations were wild, amazed at her mindset. Hope to see Pip taking Fliss on her investigative adventures in future books. ⠀ ⠀ 🚙 Small grumbles of mine were, the inception of detective Pip could have been better. Investigative firm is hiring an employee without checks, letting a psychological coach solely investigate seemed dubious to me. But I can see why Gayle has taken this approach because its suited Pip’s weird persona. Some of the environmental drivel could be condensed as I was bored of it. ⠀ ⠀ 🚙 The cracking ending had me in stitches. ⠀ ⠀ 🚙 Overall, I would recommend you to go on this delightful, amusing, cozy, and wild adventure with a witty detective. I eagerly await for the next adventure

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  • A rollicking romp

    Pip is a character I would normally despise, anyone who calls their mother mummy after the age of eight and lives via their funding is not someone I can relate to in any way. But…. there is something so irrepressible about her you just can’t help but chuckle at her antics. She has just the right amount of quirk and anyone who steals a cat to save them from being put to sleep is okay in my book. Being behind on the rent and cut off from her mothers funding she needs a job and fast. Getting a last minute job, from Temp Agency Sharon at Boston Investigations as a filing clerk, she arrives only to be mistaken for an expert in adolescent psychology and propelled into the missing persons case of a celebrity couple’s son. What then follows is a rollicking romp full of misadventures as she uses her expertise gained from watching television shows and follows the clues. A protagonist with a heart that is definitely in the right place even if she is normally in the wrong one. This was a lot of fun to read and a perfect escape. I normally split my reading between crime/thrillers and romcoms for when I need a bit of lightness. So imagine getting a book that is a combination of both it must be Christmas!

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  • A cozy mystery at its finest!

    A cozy mystery at it’s finest! It’s hard to believe that this is the first book by Katie Gayle, or should I say, Kate and Gail?! This duo teamed up for what I hope to be the first in a long series! Pip, Epiphany Bloom, starts off in a financial crisis of sorts (she’s in desperate need of rent money after Mummy shut down her money bags, of course!) leading to one mistaken identity after another. Soon, she’s deep undercover on a case in search of a very hush-hush missing celebrity teenager. What could go wrong? I loved everything about this story, total Janet Evanovich ‘Stephanie Plum’ vibes! This Epiphany Bloom cozy mystery took on a life of its own! I found much joy in playing amateur sleuth right along with Pip. I laughed out loud at most of her sister’s malapropisms, or misspoken sayings, and the references to Pip’s past mishaps! (Side note, I’d love a prequel where I could read several short stories about Pip’s misadventures, as mentioned earlier!) The mystery itself, ‘The Kensington Kidnap,’ while a bit far-fetched, was intriguing, a celebrity teenager, and possibly others, gone missing with talks about bloggers and influencers, falling down the Twitter rabbit hole! This was just the type of comedic relief within the mystery genre that I needed between hardcore thrillers! I can’t wait to see what newfound laughter book two will hold, especially with Pip’s (and her sister’s) one-liners, her cat’s upcoming life changes, and the looming romantic triangle! Katie Gayle has set the stage for their characters and the scene for Pip’s future at Boston Investigations! Many thanks to NetGalley, the authors Katie Gayle, and the publishers at Bookouture for my copy of this ebook!

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